Spielberg s Holocaust

"This anthology of essays on Steven Spielberg's 1993 film is a solid achievement.

Author: Yosefa Loshitzky

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253210984

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 250

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"This anthology of essays on Steven Spielberg's 1993 film is a solid achievement. It is a repository of considerable critical insight and frequently passionate argument." —Holocaust and Genocide Studies "An excellent collection; highly recommended for general readers and students at all levels." —Choice "This collection of essays opens further the debate on how to represent the Holocaust as Holocaust representation and memory move into ever-greater areas of daily American and Jewish American culture." —Tikkun ÂSchindler's List not only afforded director Steven Spielberg a cinematic vehicle loaded with Hollywood-hardware to create his master narrative about the Holocaust, the film also invited a renewed scholarly and intellectual discussion about racism, "historical voyeurism" and the "limits of representation." This thought-provoking critical anthology tackles these issues and many others.

Steven Spielberg

Sources on Spielberg's Shoah project include Allan Holzman's 1996 documentary films Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation (Turner Home Entertainment) and Survivors of the Holocaust (Turner Original Productions).

Author: Joseph McBride

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1604738375

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 640

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Until the first edition of Steven Spielberg: A Biography was published in 1997, much about Spielberg’s personality and the forces that shaped it had remained enigmatic, in large part because of his tendency to obscure and mythologize his own past. But in this first full-scale, in-depth biography of Spielberg, Joseph McBride reveals hidden dimensions of the filmmaker’s personality and shows how deeply personal even his most commercial work has been. This new edition adds four chapters to Spielberg’s life story, chronicling his extraordinarily active and creative period from 1997 to the present, a period in which he has balanced his executive duties as one of the partners in the film studio DreamWorks SKG with a remarkable string of films as a director. Spielberg’s ambitious recent work—including Amistad, Saving Private Ryan, A. I. Artifucial Intelligence, Minority Report, The Terminal and Munich—has continually expanded his range both stylistically and in terms of adventurous, often controversial, subject matter. Steven Spielberg: A Biography brought about a reevaluation of the great filmmaker’s life and work by those who viewed him as merely a facile entertainer. This new edition guides readers through the mature artistry of Spielberg’s later period in which he manages, against considerable odds, to run a successful studio while maintaining and enlarging his high artistic standards as one of America’s most thoughtful, sophisticated, and popular filmmakers.

Projecting the Holocaust Into the Present

Jeffrey Shandler , " Schindler's Discourse : America Discusses the Holocaust and Its Mediation from NBCs Miniseries to Spielberg's Film , " in Loshitzky , Spielberg's Holocaust , 161 . 65. David Brenner , " Working through the Holocaust ...

Author: Lawrence Baron

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742543331

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 307

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In this accessible, clear, jargon free, and comprehensive text, Projecting the Holocaust into the Present offers an insightful historical perspective on how public conceptions of the Holocaust in film have changed over time.

The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies

Yosefa Loshitzky's Spielberg's Holocaust: Critical Perspectives on Schindler's List (1997) explored many of these themes in one volume. Reactions to Spielberg's magnum opus fell into four categories: censure for blurring the boundary ...

Author: Peter Hayes

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199211869

Category: History

Page: 776

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Few scholarly fields have developed in recent decades as rapidly and vigorously as Holocaust Studies. The persecution and murder perpetrated by the Nazi regime have become the subject of an enormous literature in multiple academic disciplines. Forty-seven contributors debate the key issues at the start of the twenty-first century.

The Films of Steven Spielberg

Spielberg's Holocaust: Critical Perspectives on Schindler's List, edited by Yosefa Loshitzky, which appeared after this piece was completed, makes an important contribution to some of the issues raised in this essay.

Author: Charles L. P. Silet

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9781461672821

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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The Films of Steven Spielberg provides for the first time a collection of critical writings by professional film critics about the director and his films, bringing together many articles and reviews scattered in often inaccessible specialist publications and professional journals. The opinions vary from complimentary to critical, but they definitely provide a well-rounded view of the films and the director. Twelve of Spielberg's major box office sellers are represented in essays that vary complexity ranging from the heavily theoretical to the more general. For both film students and professionals in the film industry.

Popular Culture and the Shaping of Holocaust Memory in America

Spielberg's Schindler and the Aesthetics of Atrocity,” in Spielberg's Holocaust: Critical Perspectives on Schindler's List, ed. Yosefa Loshitzky (Bloomington: Indiana University Press: 1997), 125–26. Gourevitch recounts that Spielberg's ...

Author: Alan Mintz

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 9780295803692

Category: Social Science

Page: 222

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The Holocaust took place far from the United States and involved few Americans, yet rather than receding, this event has assumed a greater significance in the American consciousness with the passage of time. As a window into the process whereby the Holocaust has been appropriated in American culture, Hollywood movies are particularly luminous. Popular Culture and the Shaping of Holocaust Memory in America examines reactions to three films: Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), The Pawnbroker (1965), and Schindler�s List (1992), and considers what those reactions reveal about the place of the Holocaust in the American mind, and how those films have shaped the popular perception of the Holocaust. It also considers the difference in the reception of the two earlier films when they first appeared in the 1960s and retrospective evaluations of them from closer to our own times. Alan Mintz also addresses the question of how Americans will shape the memory of the Holocaust in the future, concluding with observations on the possibilities and limitations of what is emerging as the major resource for the shaping of Holocaust memory�videotaped survivor testimony. Popular Culture and the Shaping of Holocaust Memory in America examines some of the influences behind the broad and deep changes in American consciousness and the social forces that permitted the Holocaust to move from the margins to the center of American discourse.

Historical Dictionary of Holocaust Cinema

3–4 (1998): 35–48. Loshitzky, Yosefa. “Holocaust Others: Spielberg's Schindler's List versus Lanzmann's Shoah.” In Spielberg's Holocaust: Critical Perspectives on Schindler's List, 104–18. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1997.

Author: Robert Charles Reimer

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810867567

Category: History

Page: 247

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"This book examines how Holocaust has been and continues to be presented in film, including documentaries, feature films, and television productions. It contains a chronology of events to give the films and their reception a historical context, as well as an introductory essay, a bibliography, a filmography of more than 600 titles, and more than 100 cross-referenced dictionary entries on films, directors, and historical figures. Foreign-language, experimental, and canonical films are included."--Back cover.

Holocaust and the Moving Image

( 1997 ) Spielberg's Holocaust : Critical Perspectives on Schindler's List . Bloomington , IN : Indiana University Press . ( 1997 ) ' Holocaust Others : Spielberg's Schindler's List versus Lanzmann's Shoah ' , in Spielberg's Holocaust ...

Author: Toby Haggith

Publisher: Wallflower Press

ISBN: 1904764517

Category: History

Page: 317

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Based on an event held at the Imperial War Museum in 2001, this book is a blend of voices and perspectives - archivists, curators, filmmakers, scholars, and Holocaust survivors. Each section examines films and how they have contributed to wider awareness and understanding of the Holocaust since the war.

After the Fact

48 Godfrey, Abstraction and the Holocaust, 162. 49 Lawrence Baron argues against this position: “While many scholars faulted Spielberg for incarnating Nazi evil in the monstrous villain Amon Göth, they ignored or minimized the recurring ...

Author: Brad Prager

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781623569259

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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After the Fact studies the terrain of Holocaust documentaries subsequent to the turn of the twenty-first century. Until now most studies have centered primarily on canonical films such as Shoah and Night and Fog, but over the course of the last ten years filmmaking practices have altered dramatically. Changing techniques, diminishing communities of survivors, and the public's response to familiar, even iconic imagery, have all challenged filmmakers to radically revise and newly envision how they depict the Holocaust. Innovative styles have emerged, including groundbreaking techniques of incorporating archival footage, survivor testimony, and reenactment. Carrying wider implications for the fields of Film Studies, Jewish Studies, and Visual Studies, this book closely analyzes ten contemporary and internationally produced films, most of which have hardly been touched upon in the critical literature or elsewhere.

Finland in World War II

The cultural landmark of the 1990s in popularizing the holocaust was undoubtedly steven spielberg's Schindler's List (1993). as Jeffrey shandler has mentioned, the film generated “an extensive public discussion on the nature of the ...


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004214330

Category: History

Page: 596

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Drawing on innovative scholarship on Finland in World War II, this volume offers a comprehensive narrative of politics and combat, well-argued analyses of the ideological, social and cultural aspects of a society at war, and novel interpretations of the memory of war.

New Directions in Jewish American and Holocaust Literatures

3 (2008): 414; Jeffrey Shandler, “Schindler's Discourse: America Discusses the Holocaust and Its Mediation, from NBC's Miniseries to Spielberg's Film,” in Loshitzky, Spielberg's Holocaust, 1997, 154. 46. Henry Gonshak, Hollywood and the ...

Author: Victoria Aarons

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438473192

Category: History

Page: 270

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Surveys the current state of Jewish American and Holocaust literatures as well as approaches to teaching them. What does it mean to read, and to teach, Jewish American and Holocaust literatures in the early decades of the twenty-first century? New directions and new forms of expression have emerged, both in the invention of narratives and in the methodologies and discursive approaches taken toward these texts. The premise of this book is that despite moving farther away in time, the Holocaust continues to shape and inform contemporary Jewish American writing. Divided into analytical and pedagogical sections, the chapters present a range of possibilities for thinking about these literatures. Contributors address such genres as biography, the graphic novel, alternate history, midrash, poetry, and third-generation and hidden-child Holocaust narratives. Both canonical and contemporary authors are covered, including Michael Chabon, Nathan Englander, Anne Frank, Dara Horn, Joe Kupert, Philip Roth, and William Styron. “The range of critical approaches and authors examined makes this a valuable resource for scholars and teachers. Particularly in this troubling political moment, meditations on the new and continued relevance of Jewish American and Holocaust literatures for scholars, students, and the American public in general are invaluable.” — Sharon B. Oster, author of No Place in Time: The Hebraic Myth in Late Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Fantasies of Witnessing

Postwar Efforts to Experience the Holocaust Gary Weissman. Hansen, Miriam Bratu. “Schindler's List Is Not Shoah; Second Commandment, Popular Modernism, and Public Memory." In Loshitzky, Spielberg's Holocaust, 76–103.

Author: Gary Weissman

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501730054

Category: History

Page: 288

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Fantasies of Witnessing explores how and why those deeply interested in the Holocaust, yet with no direct, familial connection to it, endeavor to experience it vicariously through sites or texts designed to make it "real" for nonwitnesses. Gary Weissman argues that far from overwhelming nonwitnesses with its magnitude of horror, the Holocaust threatens to feel distant and unreal. A prevailing rhetoric of "secondary" memory and trauma, he contends, and efforts to portray the Holocaust as an immediate and personal experience, are responses to an encroaching sense of unreality: "In America, we are haunted not by the traumatic impact of the Holocaust, but by its absence. When we take an interest in the Holocaust, we are not overcoming a fearful aversion to its horror, but endeavoring to actually feel the horror of what otherwise eludes us." Weissman focuses on specific attempts to locate the Holocaust: in the person of Elie Wiesel, the most renowned survivor, and his classic memoir Night; in videotaped survivor stories and Lawrence L. Langer's celebrated book Holocaust Testimonies; and in the films Shoah and Schindler's List. These representations, he explains, constitute a movement away from the view popularized by Wiesel, that those who did not live through the Holocaust will never be able to grasp its horror, and toward re-creating the Holocaust as an "experience" nonwitnesses may put themselves through. "It is only by acknowledging the desire that gives shape to such representations, and by exploring their place in the ongoing contest over who really 'knows' the Holocaust and feels its horror, that we can arrive at a more candid assessment of our current and future relationships to the Holocaust," he says.

The Holocaust Religion and the Politics of Collective Memory

This helps explain the generally favorable reaction in spite of German complaints about American cultural imperialism (Loshitsky 1997). As Liliane Weissberg observes, Spielberg's Holocaust “does not show what 'Germans' did but what ...

Author: Ronald J. Berger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351481410

Category: History

Page: 292

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The program of extermination Nazis called the Final Solution took the lives of approximately six million Jews, amounting to roughly 60 percent of European Jewry and a third of the world's Jewish population. Studying the Holocaust from a sociological perspective, Ronald J. Berger explains why the Final Solution happened to a particular people for particular reasons; why the Jews were, for the Nazis, the central enemy. Taking a unique approach in its examination of the devastating event, The Holocaust, Religion, and the Politics of Collective Memory fuses history and sociology in its study of the Holocaust.Berger's book illuminates the Holocaust as a social construction. As historical scholarship on the Holocaust has proliferated, perhaps no other tragedy or event has been as thoroughly documented. Yet sociologists have paid less attention to the Holocaust than historians and have been slower to fully integrate the genocide into their corpus of disciplinary knowledge and realize that this monumental tragedy affords opportunities to examine issues that are central to main themes of sociological inquiry.Berger's aim is to counter sociologists who argue that the genocide should be maintained as an area of study unto itself, as a topic that should be segregated from conventional sociology courses and general concerns of sociological inquiry. The author argues that the issues raised by the Holocaust are central to social science as well as historical studies.

Judging Privileged Jews

... see Mintz, Popular Culture and the Shaping of Holocaust Memory, 125–58; Haim Bresheeth, “The Great Taboo Broken: Reflections on the Israeli Reception of Schindler's List,” in Loshitzky, Spielberg's Holocaust; William J. Niven ...

Author: Adam Brown

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9780857459923

Category: History

Page: 234

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The Nazis’ persecution of the Jews during the Holocaust included the creation of prisoner hierarchies that forced victims to cooperate with their persecutors. Many in the camps and ghettos came to hold so-called “privileged” positions, and their behavior has often been judged as self-serving and harmful to fellow inmates. Such controversial figures constitute an intrinsically important, frequently misunderstood, and often taboo aspect of the Holocaust. Drawing on Primo Levi’s concept of the “grey zone,” this study analyzes the passing of moral judgment on “privileged” Jews as represented by writers, such as Raul Hilberg, and in films, including Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah and Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List. Negotiating the problems and potentialities of “representing the unrepresentable,” this book engages with issues that are fundamental to present-day attempts to understand the Holocaust and deeply relevant to reflections on human nature.

A Companion to Steven Spielberg

This chapter looks at the manufacture of Spielberg's brand, and the limits of its usage. ... by a filmmaker's preoccupations and, in the case of Spielberg's Holocaust films, how producing can function as a socially meaningful activity.

Author: Nigel Morris

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118726808

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 536

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A Companion to Steven Spielberg provides an authoritative collection of essays exploring the achievements and legacy of one of the most influential film directors of the modern era. Offers comprehensive coverage of Spielberg’s directorial output, from early works including Duel, The Sugarland Express, and Jaws, to recent films Explores Spielberg’s contribution to the development of visual effects and computer games, as well as the critical and popular reception of his films Topics include in-depth analyses of Spielberg’s themes, style, and filming techniques; commercial and cultural significance of the Spielberg ‘brand’ and his parallel career as a producer; and collaborative projects with artists and composers Brings together an international team of renowned scholars and emergent voices, balancing multiple perspectives and critical approaches Creates a timely and illuminating resource which acknowledges the ambiguity and complexity of Spielberg’s work, and reflects its increasing importance to film scholarship

Steven Spielberg

SPIELBERG: I often get asked similar questions about my Shoah Foundation. I get asked why I am trying to disseminate my deep belief in creating more tolerance through my foundation's teaching the history of the Holocaust in public ...

Author: Brent Notbohm

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781496824035

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 244

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More than four decades after the premiere of his first film, Steven Spielberg (b. 1946) continues to be a household name whose influence on popular culture extends far beyond the movie screen. Now in his seventies, Spielberg shows no intention of retiring from directing or even slowing down. Since the publication of Steven Spielberg: Interviews in 2000, the filmmaker has crafted some of the most complex movies of his extensive career. His new movies consistently reinvigorate entrenched genres, adding density and depth. Many of the defining characters, motifs, tropes, and themes that emerge in Spielberg’s earliest movies shape these later works as well, but often in new configurations that probe deeper into more complicated subjects—dangerous technology rather than man-eating sharks, homicidal rather than cuddly aliens, lethal terrorism instead of rampaging dinosaurs. Spielberg's movies continue to display a remarkably sophisticated level of artistry that matches, and sometimes exceeds, the memorable visual hallmarks of his prior work. His latest series of films continue to demonstrate an ongoing intellectual restlessness and a willingness to challenge himself as a creative artist. With this new collection of interviews, which includes eleven original interviews from the 2000 edition and nine new interviews, readers will recognize the themes that motivate Spielberg, the cinematic techniques he employs to create his feature films, and the emotional connection he has to his movies. The result is a nuanced and engaging portrait of the most popular director in American cinema history.

The Cinema of Steven Spielberg

(1997) chindler's List chindler's List Spielberg's Holocaust: Critical Perspectives on Schindler's List. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 213–25. Levi, Primo (1987) If This Is a Man and The Truce. London: Abacus.

Author: Nigel Morris

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231503457

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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Cinema's most successful director is a commercial and cultural force demanding serious consideration. Not just triumphant marketing, this international popularity is partly a function of the movies themselves. Polarised critical attitudes largely overlook this, and evidence either unquestioning adulation or vilification often vitriolic for epitomising contemporary Hollywood. Detailed textual analyses reveal that alongside conventional commercial appeal, Spielberg's movies function consistently as a self-reflexive commentary on cinema. Rather than straightforwardly consumed realism or fantasy, they invite divergent readings and self-conscious spectatorship which contradict assumptions about their ideological tendencies. Exercising powerful emotional appeal, their ambiguities are profitably advantageous in maximising audiences and generating media attention.

Becoming a Holocaust Educator

It was developed by the USC Shoah Foundation—The Institute for Visual History and Education that provides access to more than 1,500 full ... In Loshitsky, Y. (Ed.), Spielberg's Holocaust: Critical perspectives on Schindler's List (pp.

Author: Jennifer Lemberg

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 9780807764367

Category: Education

Page: 192

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"Experienced educators share how they conceive of Holocaust education as based in writing and inquiry This book offers reflections on how professional development helps guide teacher growth and success, and examinations of the ways professional organizations and networks can support teachers trying to teach challenging content"--

Selling the Holocaust

Spielberg's Schindler and the Aesthetics of Atrocity' in Y. Loshitzky (ed.) Spielberg's Holocaust. Critical Perspectives on Schindler's List (Bloomington, 1997) p. 119. 3. Cited in Hoberman, J., 'Schindler's List.

Author: Tim Cole

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415928133

Category: History

Page: 214

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Cole shows us an "Auschwitz-land" where tourists have become the "ultimate ruberneckers" passing by and gazing at someone else's tragedy. He shows us a US Holocaust Museum that provides visitors with a "virtual Holocaust" experience.

The Holocaust Novel

Spielberg's film, see Spielberg's Holocaust: Critical Perspectives on Schindler'sList, ed. Yosefa Loshitzky (Bloomington: Indiana UniversityPress, 1997); Miriam Hansen, 32. Lang, “The Facts of Fiction: Three Case Studies in. 313; 15–28.

Author: Efraim Sicher

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135457150

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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The first comprehensive study of Holocaust literature as a major postwar literary genre, The Holocaust Novel provides an ideal student guide to the powerful and moving works written in response to this historical tragedy. This student-friendly volume answers a dire need for readers to understand a genre in which boundaries and often blurred between history, fiction, autobiography, and memoir. Other essential features for students here include an annotated bibliography, chronology, and further reading list. Major texts discussed include such widely taught works as Night, Maus, The Shawl, Schindler's List, Sophie's Choice, White Noise, and Time's Arrow.